Cherries Beach Towel

British-born, NYC-based art director and graphic designer Peter Miles turns grocery store weekly circular ads into bold, vibrant beach towels denoting produce and pantry items, from cherries to steak, ketchup, Cool Whip and more. The jacquard towel is composed of 96% cotton, and the bright colors encompass Miles’ bold, playful style.

Top 10 electric vehicles that are the future of automotives

In a world where sustainability is running on everyone’s mind, and the consumption of fossil fuels is quite literally looked down upon – Electric vehicles have been slowly and steadily taking over the world! Electric vehicles ditch the age-old fossil fuels and instead run on large traction battery packs which are in turn powered via charging equipment. They may not run on engines, but they still manage to be sleek, swift, and powerful. And, we’ve curated a collection of EV designs that we felt were the best of the lot! From a bold reimagined DeLorean EV to a transforming electric vehicle that goes from a two-wheel e-bike to a self-balancing unicycle – these innovative and groundbreaking automotives promise to be the future of urban commute and automobiles!

1. DMC DeLorean EV

This iconic car is in fact all set to hit the limelight on August 18, 2022, at the prestigious Awards Ramp at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. From what we see in the teaser image, the EV is going to follow the norm with a modern silhouette and this concept gives our imagination wings. If we ignore the rear that looks more akin to the Bugatti Chiron, the EV could be pretty similar to what we see in these renders. A bold form factor with an intimidating front could be on the cards. The side profile has to be sharp and flowing with a supercar-like domineer but slightly bend towards the coupe persona too.

2. 2023 Subaru Solterra EV

This is the first-ever pure electric vehicle in Subaru’s line-up. The EV is powered by the 72.8-kWh lithium-ion battery pack sitting between the axles, generating 215 horsepower and 249 pound-feet of torque. The car goes from 0-60 mph in just 6.5 seconds flat which is good considering this is an EV. Solterra has a very low center of gravity and soft suspension which makes it a bit jittery while tackling tight corners. The silver lining here though is the high ground clearance of 8.3 inches and the multiple levels of regenerative braking which is controlled via the paddles mounted on the steering wheel.

3. 2022 Nissan Ariya EV

Nissan’s design brief for this car was ‘Timeless Japanese Futurism’ which allowed the design team to tap into key Japanese words to inspire their global design team to create the Ariya’s exterior, words like sleek, sharp, and seamless. The overall design is definitely futuristic, but the most appealing part of its exterior for me is the front grille, which looks like a traditional grille but packs some stand-out features. Nissan instead calls their grille a ‘shield,’ as it shields hi-tech cameras, radar, and sensors that assist with the car’s self-driving system and ACC.

4. The Zeva Zero

The Zeva Zero definitely looks more like a flying saucer than a flying car, even if the goals and some of the technologies are similar to other attempts at making personal transport vehicles that traverse the skies to avoid earth-bound traffic. For one, it utilizes vertical take-off and landing, a.k.a. VTOL, more similar to a helicopter than an airplane. On the one hand, this has the benefit of saving parking space, so to speak, because the flying saucer launches and lands in an upright position, contrary to what you’d expect from a flying disc. This even has the advantage of allowing the Zeva Zero to “dock” vertical against walls of buildings with a system that the startup calls the SkyDock.

5. DeLorean E

This concept rendering by transportation designer Onkar H takes a dig at what a DeLorean of the future will be like. Of course, it has to be electric to stand a chance of longevity in the closely contested automotive market that’s going through a metamorphosis for an electric vehicle-dominated near future. An electric DeLorean E powered by 4 high-performance motors and a mid-mounted battery pack is what the passionate fans will take with both hands. After all, it kills two birds with one stone – owning a classic piece of history that doesn’t sound alienated in the EV landscape.

6. Titaa

Titaa is a dual-purpose, electric vehicle that can transform from a two-wheel e-bike into a self-balancing unicycle. While riding manual unicycles might be too much of a learning curve for most, self-balancing, electric unicycles sound more like something we could all get behind. Titaa, a unicycle with just those sorts of mechanics, conceptualized by Husky Design is a dual-purpose, modular vehicle that can transform from a bicycle into a self-balancing unicycle.

7. Audi Urbansphere

This luxurious EV concept riding on 24-inch rims is tailored for a progressive mobility era where level 4 autonomous driving will be more than a common thing, and the digitally dominated cabin space takes a detour to a more communal and open design. It’s no surprise the Urbansphere has seatbacks capable of 60 degrees recline and an extendable footrest means the occupants ride in utmost luxury. Audi is planning to add a large format and transparent OLED screen which pivots vertically down from the glass roof to divide the two seating rows just like a taxi divider.

8. The IBO

The IBO’s mood board includes the Avant-garde architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, especially the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, which defied architectural standards with its unique spiral shape. The continuous and clean lines “represent the resurgence of the American automobile of the eighties,” says automotive designer Ángel Álvarez from IBO’s design team. The IBO shatters perceptions that a good, dependable pickup should look edgy like a Cybertruck, and instead opts for slick, curved surfaces – think Baymax, but a car.

9. Evanora

Christened ‘Evanora’ or Greek for ‘gift from the gods’, Dhanak’s concept falls in line with Lotus’ tradition of naming their vehicles beginning with the letter E. Dhanak’s approach towards designing the car deviates from the standard practice of taking a top-down approach. While most car designers have an internal framework pretty much ready, they always start with the outside and work their way in. Dhanak, on the other hand, designed an outer structure to complement the inner structure. The skeletal bodywork you see was designed to clad just the chassis, resulting in an aesthetic that’s quite literally as minimal as it gets.

10. The Polestar O2

The Polestar O2 capitalizes on a rising trend that’s been set by self-driving cars. Sure, the O2 isn’t a self-driving concept, but just the way self-driving cars have redefined what sitting inside an automobile means (you’re not a passenger anymore – you’re a traveler in a moving room), the O2 has shifted the focus from driving to ‘enjoying driving’. The Polestar O2, announced just today, isn’t your average EV… it’s an EV that wants you to be in the driver’s seat as well as the director’s seat. The car comes with a companion drone stashed in its boot that deploys on command, filming you from flattering angles so that you’re quite literally the star of your own Fast and Furious film.

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Mazi can be your little digital diary and companion

Mazi Diary Companion Specs

Journaling is not a lost art yet, and we believe more people would want to dabble in this hobby if only they had more time. Writing down your thoughts and feelings in a diary can be time-consuming, but it offers several benefits. Journaling lets you improve your writing, self-reflect, and stay organized.

Writing in a diary also helps reduce stress because you can express your feelings and frustrations. However, writing takes time, so we only know a few people who write in their journals. If you can’t write in your notebook, you can try blogging. But if you still don’t have enough time, you can try the Mazi.

Designers: Pelin Özbalcı, Sergen Çağlayan (Nest Studio)

Mazi Diary Companion Release

Mazi is a digital journal that allows you to record what you’re doing. There is no need to write down your thoughts on a diary or a blog because you can keep one by simply “talking” to the Mazi. It comes with a compatible app that records what you say. You can easily remember your thoughts and what you’re doing with the product-app duo. The Mazi takes writing to a new level by recording your notes and “writing” them on an app. In a way, it’s like having a friend to talk to.

Mazi Diary Companion Features

Mazi Diary Companion

With the pandemic still in, people are still trying to beat loneliness. Social isolation has been a problem, and even if we’re already at the tail-in of the covid situation, people are still trying to beat their anxieties. We say you can still do everything you want to do to reduce stress as long as you’re not hurting anyone.

We suggest journaling because it allows you to express whatever is inside you. It may be good to verbalize or write down your thoughts. Don’t keep things bottled up inside because you might break down. Mazi can help you in little ways as it can help you ease distress, especially when struggling.

Mazi Diary Companion Sample

Mazi Diary Companion App

Studies have shown people who journal show reduced depression and anxiety symptoms. Mazi can be a friend to you, especially if you’re feeling lonely. No, it won’t talk back to you, but sometimes, all you need is a listening ear. This “ear” will record things you say and keep things for you.

The Mazi simply works like a small recorder—the kind that reporters use before smartphones. You press a button to record, rewind, and hear where you left off. You can also delete or highlight a part. No need to edit on the mobile app as you can edit right on the Mazi with the three touch controls.

Mazi Diary Companion Features

Mazi is a little companion about the size of a palm. It works with an app, so we’re assuming it works over Bluetooth or WiFi. It will just update the app whenever it’s paired with another device. It’s easy to use: simply press a button on the corner to turn it on or start giving commands.

Mazi can be your friend just when your loved ones are nowhere to be found because they are busy. It can keep your secrets like no friend or diary ever can. Every important moment in your life must be recorded. Even if you don’t have a phone with you, you can record things on the Mazi. There’s no forgetting what you have done or what you need to do because of Mazi.

Mazi Diary Companion Concept

Wear the Mazi around your neck with a strap. You can also clip it on a surface or on your shirt to record your thoughts hands-free. Design-wise, the Mazu is made of coral soft-touch plastic, recycled plastic, and white hard plastic. It boasts a white, simple packaging that is very minimalist. The box is secretive—just like the Mazi.

Mazi Diary Companion Journal

Mazi Diary Companion Journal Design

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Tiny Boston Dynamics robot dog is a cute, affordable android pet that can follow commands

Say hello to Bittle – he isn’t as dangerous-looking as his elder brother, the Boston Dynamics robot dog Spot. In fact, Bittle’s name rhymes with ‘little’ for a reason. Weighing just 10.2 ounces (290 grams) and measuring a mere 7.9 inches from nose to tail, Bittle is quite literally palm-sized… although don’t let its diminutive size fool you. Armed with 10 servo motors that power its limbs and neck, Bittle is just about as capable as the Boston Dynamics robot dog. In fact, it can even follow commands, learn tricks, and perform them at will! Sounds like Bittle’s a pretty expensive little pet, right? Well, designed to be more of a robot building system and STEM education tool for people to learn and play with, Bittle just costs around $299.

Designer: Rongzhong Li

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Designed on an open-source platform, Bittle is a nifty patent-pending robot that makes learning how to code an absolute ‘treat’! The robot building kit comes with a plastic body that you can buy flat-packed and assemble yourself, or pay 10 bucks extra to get shipped pre-assembled and ready to use out of the box. Each Bittle comes with 10 servo motors, plastic body parts, a proprietary circuit board compatible with Arduino Uno, Bluetooth and WiFi dongles, a 7.4V rechargeable battery, and an infrared remote to control your dog and have it perform tricks. For the most part, Bittle sports a modular design and you can add/subtract elements to create the dog you dream of (if you’re looking for something akin to the Boston Dynamics bot, the head pops right off).

They say an old dog doesn’t learn new tricks, but that isn’t really the case with Bittle. Your programmable bionic buddy understands many languages, C++ through Arduino IDE, Python, Codecraft (a Scratch-like drop and drop coding environment), and a bunch of human languages(requiring the use of a Raspberry Pi for voice command recognition). It can also be programmed to walk, jog, jump, and climb up obstacles with ease. You can attach an infrared sensor that’ll help Bittle with obstacle detection, and the incredibly nimble and flexible limbs help Bittle even get up if it collapses over. Moreover, its open-source design based on Petoi’s quadruped robotic pet framework OpenCat, means that all of Bittle’s code sits in a GitHub repository for you to immediately begin tinkering with, and an ever-expanding community is always providing new tips and tricks that you can use to make Bittle do your bidding… just promise us you won’t turn it sentient.

Build a robot dog on your own!

Self-righting after falling from a slope (triggered by an infrared remote)

If you want a little more out of Bittle than just shaking paws and sitting on command, its modular design really gives you the freedom to explore this tiny canine’s true capabilities. Bittle’s mouth can be clipped with something like a tiny camera module that allows the dog to capture a video feed and see things and react programmatically. Even though the dog weighs just a few ounces, it can carry nearly double its weight, making it perfect to do odd tasks like carrying Oreos for you (sometimes you really want an Oreo) or other tiny objects. Bittle’s battery pack provides one hour of continuous usage, unlocking a bunch of fun possibilities, and adventure-loving tinkerers can also swap out Bittle’s head with other 3D-print structures or paint Bittle’s body, tweaking its appearance to make Bittle look like some other animals.

Petoi Nybble

Petoi, the creators of Bittle (and its cat counterpart Nybble), designed the robot quadruped to be everything from a cute toy to a powerful learning platform that gives you insight into how robots work and how they understand cues and commands. Bittle ships with an infrared remote that lets you control it, and also has companion mobile/desktop apps that forms a perfect foundation for experimenting with robotics… without breaking the bank!

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This robot-powered gaming chair looks so comfy that you might want to sleep on it

We’ve recently seen a rise in gaming chairs that would make your gaming desktop rig cry. To call them a chair might be an understatement, especially since they look more like elaborate, extravagant, and over-the-top lounges outfitted with everything you need to play games and not get up except for bodily necessities. While those chairs almost always advertise gaming comfort, they honestly look more like hard and cold traps designed to keep you from getting up and finishing your games. In contrast, you might never want to get up from this gaming chair concept, but only because it might be too comfortable and too soothing to leave. And to arrive at that kind of experience, the designers took inspiration from the most unlikely source, a supercar like a Lamborghini.

Designers: Ryan Kim, Yaeji Hong, Dongwoo Han

Gaming and cars don’t really have much in common unless you consider the concept of speed that’s associated with both machines. That’s not to say they can’t learn from each other, and cars today are getting more technologically sophisticated, running on powerful computers that might also be found in PCs. The Moiin Robodesk Gaming Chair concept takes the sharing in the other direction, with car aesthetics informing how a gaming chair could harmoniously blend contrasting elements of warmth and cold, comfort and performance.

The chair part of the Moiin, for example, has the same leather materials that Lamborghini would use on the seats of its supercars. While existing gaming chairs do have cushions and soft materials to offer comfort to the gamer, this goes over and beyond the call of duty. And if that weren’t enough, the chair is actually a massage chair that could help soothe those aching backs and shoulders from hours of gaming on end. Not that you should be playing games for hours on end in the first place.

The gaming part isn’t going to be left behind and will easily remind people of the sleek and shiny surfaces of high-end sports cars. LED lights around some edges give it that gamer aesthetic that makes it look equally futuristic, but the polished appearance of the “colder” parts of the setup actually complements the warmer personality of the leather-wrapped chair quite nicely. It’s a harmony of opposites that you’d find so executed so perfectly in sportscars and supercars.

That isn’t the end of the wonders of this gaming machine, though. If that monitor and keyboard stand looks more like a robot arm to you, you aren’t that far off. Rather than burden gamers with having to manually adjust the chair to their comfort, the robotic arm does all the work for them, leaning in and back as needed. It’s the ultimate reclining chair comfort made just as smart and as sophisticated as the gaming machine that it’s running.

Of course, there might be some concerns about whether making gaming too comfortable could lead to an even more sedentary lifestyle. At the same time, gamers might have the worst postures of all computer users, and having a desk and chair combo that not only encourages ergonomics but also adds comfort could at least help give their bodies a bit of a break. Admittedly, Moiin’s aesthetics might not appeal to all gamers, but those that love supercars and the Lamborghini design style might have found heaven in this concept.

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This electric kick bike for young riders combines style, comfort and practicality

Looking for a kick bike that’s more than just an average city commuter, and brings to the fore style, uniqueness and minimum effort while propelling forward? Then the Pipegun 1 electric kick bike designed by Emre Kuvvetli and Burak Kazar of Tozz Bike is the one to choose.

The kick bike is designed to be offbeat, more than just a personal commuter to go safely from point A to point B. The Istanbul-based duo has crafted this skateboard and BMX-inspired kick bike to infuse the element of fun while getting around in cities. All this while keeping in mind the need to develop e-mobility solutions that consume less energy and time. The kick bike debuted at Design Week Turkey, and now it’s ready to reach eager buyers but in limited numbers only. Initially, only 20 limited production units of the Pipegun (a.k.a PG1) will be made exclusively for urban crowd.

Designer: Tozzbike

Durability is at the core of PG1 as it gets stainless steel handcrafted body, and the handlebar has been precision optimized for better comfort, ergonomics and safety – no matter what the road conditions are. This is in part also attributed to the 20” Salt Tracer BMX tires capable of absorbing impact. At the heart lies a highly efficient 250W geared drive BLDC electric motor capable of churning out 45nm torque which has been extensively tested in performance trials. This has resulted in an engaging and effortless driving experience for Gen-Z users.

The lithium-ion battery inside the kick bike charges fully in about 8 hours’ time and has a 35 km range. It gets a maximum climbing angle of 12 degrees on electric power, and beyond that, you’ll have to do some effort to keep the kick bike in motion. One thing I like about this electric kick bike as compared to other options is that it doesn’t make any impractical steep claims. The pre-orders for the limited run of the Pipegun 1 are open now, and it already looks like a good deal at a price tag of $2,100.

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Apple’s former chief designer Jony Ive gives us a rare look at his everyday design tool kit

The kit gives us a fleeting insight into Jony Ive’s sensibilities, and it encapsulates the two keywords we’ve come to know with his design style – minimalism, and luxury.

Now I don’t mean luxury in the conventional sense, but rather in the way Apple’s own products are de-facto luxury items given their price tags. The kind of objects Ive carries in his toolkit are similar in that nature – they’re high-quality top-notch tools of trade, perhaps the type that most people won’t be able to afford – Jony carries an Hermès measuring tape that costs $530 of your fine American dollars.

In a special interview with Financial Times (a sensible choice of publication considering his entire toolkit costs well over $10,000), Jony gave the world a look at 12 tools of his trade “for making, for marking, for measuring, and carrying with you every day.” The toolkit is far from your average hex-bits and wrenches. Jony prizes himself in carrying products that inspire him and embody his design philosophies – to that end, the images below include everything from a fountain pen to the tonearm from a turntable. Here’s a look at the EDC collection from the most prolific designer of our time.

The two objects right above cost over $6,000 alone. On the left is a 3/8″ Drive Adjustable Click-Type Fixed Ratcheting Torque Wrench, with a price tag of $399, and right beside it, a Linn titanium Ekos SE tonearm that costs a whopping $5,645. Why does Jony proudly carry a 5-grand turntable tonearm with him? Didn’t the man design the iPod??

This color-coded hex L-Key set from Wiha is one of the more affordable objects in his toolkit, and arguably the most fascinating. Priced at just $37.39, these colorful hex keys remind me of the colorful iPods, begging the question – what came first, the hex keys or the anodized aluminum colorful iPods? (It was probably the latter)

Moving onto stationery, Jony carries his more frequently used tools of trade in a leather pouch from Visvim (we couldn’t find the price, but it’s probably in the $300 ballpark). These tools include a $26 genuine bone paper folder from H. Webber & Sons, a vintage brass folding magnifier by Leitz Wetzlar (if that logo looks familiar, Leitz Wetzlar rebranded to Leica in 1986 – a company that Ive has worked extensively with in the recent past), a vintage fountain pen from Montegrappa, a $123 platinum-plated eraser from Graf Von Faber-Castell, and finally that infamous $530 leather-encased measuring tape from Hermès.

With a couple of grand to spare we reach the final effects of Jony’s EDC. These include a Mitutoyo 6in universal bevel protractor worth $325, a $355 Starrett 440Z-3RL depth micrometer gauge, and perhaps the second most bizarre piece of EDC yet – a $1,960 ship clock and weather station from Wempe Instruments’ Navigator II series. One could argue the iPhone is equally good at telling the time or the weather, but then again, if I had a net worth of $500 million, I’d want to buy a nautical clock to tell the time too!

Ive famously left Apple in 2019 to start his own design studio LoveFrom with fellow designer Marc Newson. He’s also the current Chancellor of the Royal College of Art, London.

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Record-Breaking Suspension Footbridge Opens in the Czech Republic

Connecting one mountain to another, 95 meters above the valley floor, the world’s longest suspension footbridge—measuring 721 meters or 2,365 feet—has opened in the Czech Republic. Located in the Dolní Morava resort (about 123 miles east of Prague), the bridge—named Sky Bridge 721—took two years to construct and is now open to visitors seeking thrills and stunning views of the Jeseníky mountains. The attraction will welcome people of all ages but at just over a meter wide, it’s unfortunately not accessible to strollers or wheelchairs. Find out more at CNN.

Image courtesy of Lukas Kabon/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Out in the World With Gaetano Pesce

From pink foam buildings to couches that resemble jester hats, off-kilter chairs made of resin and wobbly vases, beloved Italian architect, designer and artist Gaetano Pesce expanded the world of design over his 50-year career to include unexpected materials and political and social commentary. Vibrant and inventive, Out in the World With Gaetano Pesce compiles the 82-year-old pioneer’s iconic and never-before-seen work with an essay and interview by critic Sophie Haigney and new portraits by Duane Michals.

Tower Blocks bring a more eco-friendly version of Jenga

One of our favorite games to play during casual dinner parties is Jenga or tower blocks if you want to be generic. It doesn’t take a lot of thinking or physical prowess, although strategy is also important. What if you could have a version of this game that is more eco-friendly and can help reduce plastic waste? Of course, that would be better if you’re conscious of the carbon footprint that you leave behind with your purchases.

Designer: Intops

Korean global manufacturer Intops wanted to lessen its global footprint even as they make products using various materials that, unfortunately, include plastic. So they came up with a “revive project” that will use all of these discarded materials and turn them into something useful. They used materials from discarded, defective items that they manufactured as well as creating composite materials from their production plant, specifically discarded plastic, wood, and leather.

The first creation that they’re currently crowd-funding is a version of Jenga but made from eco-friendly materials simply called Tower Blocks. The composite materials are made up of 540g of discarded plastic and 143g of discarded wood. Compared to making the original game with its regular material, these blocks can reduce CO2 consumption by 81%. They say that a set of these blocks can be compared to recycling 44 disposable coffee cups or 135 disposable spoons.

 

In terms of its design, these Tower Blocks have a leaf pattern for aesthetic purposes embedded on the blocks instead of just the smooth surface on most blocks like these. And instead of just the wooden color that we’re familiar with, the set has off-white (sand), pink (flower), and green (leaf), making it more colorful and pleasant to the eyes. The words “recycled plastic and wood waste” are also etched in each block, lest you forget what it is made from. Even the packaging uses eco-friendly paper made from 100% sugar cane residue with soybean oil link.

The pandemic has reportedly worsened the plastic consumption globally so having projects like these that try to reduce or at least recycle these materials are always welcome. They have already more than met their original funding goal so expect this to become available in the market soon, at least in South Korea.

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